tidy

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adjective

ti·​dy ˈtī-dē How to pronounce tidy (audio)
tidier; tidiest
1
a
: neat and orderly in appearance or habits : well ordered and cared for
b
: methodical, precise
a tidy mind
2
: large, substantial
a tidy profit
3
: adequately satisfactory : acceptable, fair
a tidy solution to their problem
4
: properly filled out : plump
tidily adverb
tidiness noun

tidy

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verb

tidied; tidying

transitive verb

: to put in order
tidy up a room

intransitive verb

: to make things tidy
tidying up after supper
tidier noun

tidy

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noun

plural tidies
1
: a usually compartmentalized receptacle for various small objects
2
: a piece of fancywork used to protect the back, arms, or headrest of a chair or sofa from wear or soil

Examples of tidy in a Sentence

Adjective He has always been a tidy person. She earns a tidy salary. They paid a tidy sum for the house. Verb I tidied the house before they arrived.
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
This Coat Rack Brings Order and Style Keep your entryway tidy and stylish with the minimalist Premium Racks wall rack. Katiee McKinstry, Rolling Stone, 21 Feb. 2024 While there’s no drawer, these are nice substitutions for helping to keep things tidy around your workspace. Alida Nugent, Peoplemag, 12 Jan. 2024 Many recent transplants are drawn by tidy subdivisions of new homes that have sprouted on former farmland and are more affordable than those in D.C.’s inner-ring suburbs. Jayne Orenstein, Washington Post, 7 Feb. 2024 Popping them into these boxes will keep your favorite shoes free from dust and will keep your shoes tidy. Hannah Rice, Rolling Stone, 31 Jan. 2024 The exchange made for a tidy metaphor: for the trial itself and for the broader implications of Trump’s stage fight with the American legal system. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, 30 Jan. 2024 These Easter brunch casseroles can be prepared ahead, leaving time to make sure the house is tidy and to assemble that breathtaking Easter centerpiece. Emma Phelps, Southern Living, 28 Jan. 2024 The walls of their tidy house in Window Rock, capital of the Navajo Nation, are covered in black-and-white photos. David Kelly, Los Angeles Times, 28 Jan. 2024 This powerhouse tilt-head stand mixer has a 5.3-quart capacity with 12 speed settings and comes with a splash shield to keep your kitchen tidy. Wendy Vazquez, Southern Living, 26 Jan. 2024
Verb
Like most mornings, today starts off with a coffee and tidying up around the apartment. Bon Appétit Contributor, Bon Appétit, 11 Jan. 2024 Run the mower over it on its highest setting and tidy the bed up. Neil Sperry, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 2 Feb. 2024 Psychologists are revealing reasons and risks behind impulsive tidying after a TikTok trend goes viral. Fox News Staff, Fox News, 1 Feb. 2024 For several months, someone — or something — had been apparently tidying up after the 75-year-old retiree. Isabella Kwai, New York Times, 8 Jan. 2024 The Writers Guild of America strike was, in part, about how creative work like screenwriting might turn a field once centered on human endeavor into one in which humans are kept around only to tidy up scripts churned out by machines. Carolina A. Miranda, Los Angeles Times, 6 Jan. 2024 But then, what is art if not an attempt to tidy up the real world’s teeming luxuriance? Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, 5 Dec. 2023 At first, the machine’s goal will align with the very human goal of tidying up loose papers. Paul Bloom, The New Yorker, 29 Nov. 2023 In England, too, moss grows so abundantly in some places that gardeners forage it from their own properties, in the process tidying flagstone paths and outdoor steps. Jenny Comita, New York Times, 21 Nov. 2023
Noun
Organization is critical to keeping tech tidy and charged, and this stand is the accessory to help with that. Rebecca Jones, Southern Living, 19 Feb. 2024 Best Amazon New Year’s Sale Vacuum Deals A new year means keeping the house tidy, and what better way to do so than with a powerful vacuum cleaner? Amy Schulman, Peoplemag, 1 Jan. 2024 One of the best ways to keep your home tidy is to clean your floors on a regular basis, and a reliable vacuum makes this achievable. Bridget Degnan, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 Oct. 2023 Compact yet spacious, this all-in-one bag is a travel essential for keeping your tech tidy, keeping you less stressed. Mia Meltzer, Rolling Stone, 26 Sep. 2023 Keep your home and bedroom space tidy so there are fewer items around that can collect and trap dust. Alyssa Hui, Verywell Health, 11 July 2023 Whether your closet is a massive walk-in with shelves and drawers galore or a tiny makeshift alternative in the corner of your bedroom, keeping this part of your space tidy is paramount. Jessica Cherner, House Beautiful, 28 Apr. 2023 Brett Cross tidies the memorial for his son, Uziyah Garcia, who was killed in the school massacre. Alicia Victoria Lozano, NBC News, 16 May 2023 One of the easiest and most essential places to get (and stay) tidy is your refrigerator. Jessica Cherner, House Beautiful, 28 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

Middle English, timely, in good condition, from tide time

First Known Use

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

Verb

1821, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun

circa 1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of tidy was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Tidy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tidy. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

tidy

1 of 3 adjective
ti·​dy ˈtīd-ē How to pronounce tidy (audio)
tidier; tidiest
1
: well ordered and cared for
2
: large, substantial
a tidy price

tidy

2 of 3 verb
tidied; tidying
1
: to put in order
tidy up the room
2
: to make things tidy

tidy

3 of 3 noun
plural tidies
: a fancy covering used to protect the back, arms, or headrest of a chair or sofa from wear or soiling

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